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Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology (MAT) is a general theological studies degree that provides foundational studies in the main disciples of theology, including biblical studies, history, moral theology (theological ethics), spirituality, systematic theology, and ecumenical and interfaith studies. Electives are also available in practical theology and religious education. The degree is earned with the successful completion of 48 credits, including a culminating experience. Students may pursue a general program or concentrate in biblical studies, history, moral theology, or systematic theology.

Degree Learning Outcomes

MAT graduates will be able—wisely, faithfully, and responsibly*—to:

* N.B.—Wisely means cognitive work that cares about the flourishing of persons, communities, and creation; faithfully means cognitive work that attends to the subject matter in relation to God; and responsibly means cognitive work that uses appropriate methods and demonstrates competent judgment.

The Curriculum

The curriculum of the Master of Arts in Theology program consists of 16 three-credit courses and a culminating experience. The courses include:

For their culminating experience, students may do one of the following, depending on their interest, background, and grade point average:

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology are as follows:

Course Requirements

The following courses are required for the Master of Arts in Theology.

Introductory Courses (2 courses)

Biblical Studies (3 courses)

Ecumenical and Interfaith Studies (1 course)

 History (2 courses)

Systematic and Moral Theology (4 courses)

Spirituality (1 course)

Free Electives (3 courses)

Any courses for which the co- and/or prerequisites are met, including up to two 500-level courses taken before matriculation, and three 1-credit SP courses.

Culminating Experience

The Master of Arts in Theology program requires a culminating experience designed to promote integration and to assess overall achievement of degree outcomes. For their culminating experience, students may do one of the following, depending on their interest, background, and grade point average:

Concentrations

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